The National Weather Service is forecasting a rain and wind event for coastal New Jersey that will begin late afternoon Friday and last through the afternoon hours on Saturday. More than an inch of rain is expected, and windy conditions with gusts possible over 40mph.

A front will push towards our region on Friday and may pick up some energy from a storm that impacted Mexico.  Rain could begin late Friday afternoon and continue through Friday night with an inch of rain possible Friday night into early Saturday morning.  Rain will continue through the morning hours on Saturday and taper off sometime Saturday afternoon producing another half inch of rain, according to the forecast.  Winds Friday night could gust over 40mph, and gust over 30mph Saturday morning.

As of Thursday morning, October 26th, there are no weather watches or warnings issued by the National Weather Service.  Some coastal flooding is possible at time of high tide, especially on Saturday morning, which occurs at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Saturday at 10:16am.

In advance of the storm, please secure any loose objects on your property including trash cans and lawn furniture.  Never drive on any flooded street or intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk.  If you have any emergency anytime, dial 911.

The Avalon and Cape May County offices of Emergency Management continue to monitor the forecast. Please continue to monitor traditional media outlets over the next 48 hours for updates to the forecast.